Ink Sac

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Ink Sac
Ink Sac.png






Yes (64)

Data value

dec: 351 hex: 15F bin: 101011111


See Data values

Ink sacs are the darkest primary color dye.



See also: Squid farming

Squids drop 1–3 ink sacs upon death.


Ink sacs can be obtained as a “junk” item from fishing.

Natural generation[edit]

In Bedrock Edition ink sacs can be found in 40.0% of stronghold storeroom chests in stacks of 1–3.

Compound creation[edit]

Ink sacs can be created from its base elements, using the compound creator.[Bedrock and Education editions only]

Name Elements Example recipe
Ink Sac 1 Iron
1 Sulfur
4 Oxygen


Like all other dyes, ink sacs can be:

Crafting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe Description
Black Balloon Latex +
Ink Sac +
Helium +

[Bedrock and Education editions only]
Black Bed Any Bed +
Ink Sac

A bed of any color can be re-dyed using dyes.[Bedrock and Legacy Console editions only]
Black Bed White Bed +
Ink Sac

White beds can be re-dyed using dyes.[Java Edition only]
Black Concrete Powder Ink Sac +
Sand +
Black Dye Ink Sac

Black Firework Star Gunpowder +
Ink Sac +
Head or
Gold Nugget or
Feather or
Fire Charge +
Glowstone Dust +

Up to eight dyes can be added.
Up to one of any head, a gold nugget, a feather, or a fire charge can be added.
Both the diamond and the glowstone dust can be added with any of the other ingredients.
Black Shulker Box Shulker Box or
Any Shulker Box +
Ink Sac

Black Stained Glass Glass +
Ink Sac
Black Terracotta Terracotta +
Ink Sac
Black Wool White Wool +
Ink Sac

[Java and Legacy Console editions only]
Black Wool Any Wool +
Ink Sac

[Bedrock Edition only]
Book and Quill Book +
Ink Sac +

Dark Prismarine Prismarine Shard +
Ink Sac

Gray Dye Ink Sac +
Bone Meal
Gray Dye Ink Sac +
White Dye
[upcoming 1.8]
Light Gray Dye Ink Sac +
Bone Meal
Black Banner pattern Ink Sac +

Black Banner image Ink Sac +
Banner +
Vines or
Bricks or
Creeper Head or
Wither Skeleton Skull or
Oxeye Daisy or
Enchanted Golden Apple

Data values[edit]


Java Edition:

Item ID Name

Ink Sac

Bedrock Edition:

Item ID Name Numeral ID

Ink Sac
dye 351

In bedrock edition ink sacs have the ID name dye with data value 0.

DV Description

0 Ink Sac

1 Rose Red

2 Cactus Green

3 Cocoa Beans

4 Lapis Lazuli

5 Purple Dye

6 Cyan Dye

7 Light Gray Dye

8 Gray Dye

9 Pink Dye

10 Lime Dye

11 Dandelion Yellow

12 Light Blue Dye

13 Magenta Dye

14 Orange Dye

15 Bone Meal

16 Black Dye[upcoming 1.8]

17 Brown Dye[upcoming 1.8]

18 Blue Dye[upcoming 1.8]

19 White Dye[upcoming 1.8]



Java Edition Beta
1.2 Added ink sacs.
Java Edition
1.3.1 12w17a Ink sacs are now used to craft book and quills.
1.4.2 12w34a Added the ability to dye leather armor and wolf collars.
1.4.6 12w49a Ink sacs can be crafted with gunpowder to create a firework star.
1.6.1 13w19a Stained clay can now be crafted.
1.7.2 13w36a With the addition of new flowers, many secondary and tertiary dyes are now primary dyes.
13w41a Stained glass can now be crafted.
1.8 14w25a Ink sacs are now used to craft dark prismarine.
14w30a Added banners which can be dyed.
1.11 16w39a Added the ability to dye shulker boxes.
1.12 17w15a Added the ability to dye beds.
1.13 17w47a The different data values for the dye ID have been split up into their own IDs.
Prior to The Flattening, this item's numeral ID was 351.
Pocket Edition Alpha
? Ink sacs implemented, but unobtainable.
0.8.0 build 3 Ink sacs are now available in creative.
? Now can be used to craft cocoa beans.
0.9.0 ? Ink sacs now generate in village and stronghold chests.
0.11.0 build 1 Ink sacs can now be obtained from squid.
Ink sacs can now be obtained as a junk item from fishing.
0.14.0 build 1 Ink Sac now can be used to dye water in cauldron.
0.16.0 ? Ink sacs are no longer used to craft cocoa beans.
Ink Sac can used to craft Dark Prismarine.
Pocket Edition
1.0 build 1 Ink Sac can be used to dye Shulker.
1.1 build 1 Ink sacs are now used to re-dye a bed.
Ink Sac now can be used to dye shulker box.
? Ink sacs can only be used to dye white bed and no longer can be used to re-dye colored bed into black bed.
Bedrock Edition
1.2 build 1 Ink Sac can be used to craft book and quill.
Added banner which can be dyed.
Ink Sac can be crafted with gunpowder to create firework star.
Ink sac now used to craft Black concrete powder.
Stained Glass can now be crafted.
1.4 beta Ink Sac now can be crafted from iron, sulfur, and 4 oxygen in Compound Creator.


Issues relating to "Ink Sac" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.


  • In the statistics menu, the item name “Ink Sac” does not appear when the cursor is hovered over its image in the statistics page. This is due to it referring to all dyes combined.

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